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Club Respond To Mail On Sunday Claims

Club Respond To Mail On Sunday Claims

Aston Villa have released a statement concerning what they describe as an 'inaccurate, misleading and distorted' article from the Mail On Sunday.

The statement can be read in full by Clicking Here.

In short for those who aren't aware of the article, it claims some Villa players removed the 'Kick It Out' shirts 'early' and threw them to the ground in 'disgust' during the pre match warmups at Fulham.


'As is usual practice the players were split into two groups during that warm up to play possession football; in order to be distinguishable one group removed their t-shirts. The players who removed their t-shirts for this reason were Brett Holman, Joe Bennett, Fabian Delph, Darren Bent and Nathan Baker. This was not a protest. There was no controversy.

'No player threw their shirt to the ground 'in disgust'.

'Aston Villa are particularly disappointed with this irresponsible journalism, given that the journalist in question had the full facts of the matter at his disposal before this article went to press: he even asked a question regarding this issue at Saturday's post match press conference.

'His question and the manager's response are below -

'Mail on Sunday: Can you confirm they meant no disrespect to the Kick It Out campaign?

'Paul Lambert: No, not at all. We play a possession thing and that will only have been what that was…..There was no disrespect to it whatsoever. We train and then five lads wear one shirt and five wear another……. They backed it, the football club backs it to the hilt.

'Despite this, the Mail on Sunday proceeded to publish an article which is demonstrably untrue.'

Villa also prove their commitment to the cause by pointing out that we became the second club to achieve the highest level of the 'Kick It Out Equality Standard', which the club is obviously proud of.

They are also taking this matter very seriously and:

'The club have written to the Mail on Sunday today, requesting that the article be corrected and an apology published.

'We have also suggested that the Mail on Sunday makes a donation to Kick It Out to help them continue with the excellent work they do.

'Finally, we have suggested to the Mail on Sunday that they may wish to highlight - in next Sunday's edition - some of the positive events and activities that all Premier League clubs, including Aston Villa, are taking part in as part of Kick It Out's Weeks of Action (which take place between October 18 and 29).'

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Sunday October 21 2012
Time: 7:19PM


Typical story grabbing back stabbing journalism, how pathetic trying to make out our players don't support this 'kick it out' soem ofthe players who took there tops ff were cored so why would they be againt racism, they should sack that reporter imo just can not wait can they to keep sticking the boot in at VP, any or no reason they wait to pounce!
21/10/2012 19:42:00
The press tell lies shock horror. They are scum.
21/10/2012 19:44:00
Jeez, even the Sunday supplement discussed this today. Ridiculous stuff. Irresponsible reporting shocker!
The Fear
21/10/2012 19:57:00
It's one thing being wrong if you don't have all the facts, but to have the facts and still lead with it - shoddy behaviour and shows what a pointless exercise Leveson and self regulation is.

Loved the tone of the response from the club though, some of the stuff they are coming out with lately is fantastic.
21/10/2012 20:20:00
The Mail is that scummy that I actually prefer any of the redtops. It's a vile paper, with vile staff and vile readers.
Sheriff Kimbo
21/10/2012 20:49:00
Agree with MF. Love how Villa respond to affronts to our good name recently. Don't F'kin mess!!
Adam Deuce
21/10/2012 21:06:00
I think it's unfair to say all the press are scum. But it is totally fair to describe the Mail as scum. They are the biggest enemy this country faces. What amazes me more is that there are reportedly 2 million idiots who buy their right wing sensationalist filth every day!!
21/10/2012 21:53:00
i've heard people refuse to even use the Mail as toilet paper 'shocker'.
21/10/2012 22:36:00
No - they're not all scum. Just 90 percent are scum. The problem is - we don't know which 90 percent. Just to be safe, Darren Bent better disable his voicemail.
21/10/2012 23:12:00
who cares. Just play football. This whole thing has gone on for too long. I don't care about John Terry or Anton Ferdinand. Or what they did or didn't say. I care about watching football. Shup up about the whole damn thing. People are free to feel and say whatever they want in my opinion: whether it be stupid, intellectual, education, rubbish, racist or not. Just get on with it already.
22/10/2012 00:56:00
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